Calendar of Papal Registers Relating To Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 12, 1458-1471. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1933.
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Lateran Regesta, Vol. DXC. (fn. 1)
5 Pius II.
De Diversis Formis.
|10 Kal. July.
St. Peter's, Rome.
|To Matthew, elect of Clonfert, Motu proprio grant to him, to whom the pope has this day made provision of the said church, that he may retain in commendam along with that church, even after his consecration, the Augustinian monastery of SS. Peter and Paul, Clare (de Forgio alias de Clar), in the diocese of Killaloe, value not exceeding 60 marks sterling, which he was holding at the time of the said provision, and is still holding. Personam tuam. (B. and Ja. de Rizonibus. | B. l. Coronensis.) [12/3 pp. See above, Reg. Lat. 585, ff. 52d. and 247; and below, f. 214d.]|
6 Kal. Feb.
St. Peter's, Rome.
|To the archbishop of Canterbury. Mandate as below. The recent petition of Edward king of England contained that there are in the realm a number of churches, monasteries and other sacred and pious places, even of divers orders, to which it has been granted, not only by law but also by privileges of the apostolic see, under divers censures and pains, that malefactors and debtors who flee thither, or enter certain bounds thereof, cannot be haled forth against their will by any secular judges; but that some prelates, rectors and governors of the said churches etc., in abuse of the said privileges, have not only wittingly received such malefactors in their churches etc., but receive them again when they sally forth and return after committing fresh thefts, murders and crimes and contracting fresh debts, whilst others of such prelates etc. bargain for such malefactors to give them money for their defence, and, if the said malefactors will not pay, expel them from the said churches etc.; and that when the ordinaries wish to proceed against the said prelates etc. and put a stop to the said abuses, the said prelates etc. allege that they are exempt from their jurisdiction and are immediately subject to the said see; wherefore, in consequence of the impunity of the excesses, both of the said malefactors and also of the said prelates etc., to the no little hurt of the realm and the pernicious example of the persons thereof, especially lay persons, the said privileges, which were granted to the honour of the said churches etc., redound rather to their shame. At the said king's petition for a remedy, the pope hereby orders the above archbishop, if he find the foregoing to be the case, to compel such of the said prelates etc. as he finds to have made abuse of the said privileges to desist from such excesses or abuses, and do and decide whatever else may be opportune, compelling the recalcitrant by ecclesiastical censure etc. Ammonet nos. (B. and Jo. de Millinis. | B. lxxx. Coronensis.) [3¾ pp.]|
7 Id. July.
|To Thomas, bishop of Down and Connor. Dispensation to him (who cannot be becomingly maintained from the fruits etc. of the episcopal mensa of the churches of Down and Connor, which are united and are situate in Ireland where dwell men untamed and half savage (fn. 2); and who by papal grant holds in commendam with the said churches, whose episcopal mensa does not exceed 50l. sterling in value, the parish church of St. Bartholomew (sic) without Bisshopesgate, London, value not exceeding 10l. sterling) to receive and retain for life in commendam together with the said churches of Down and Connor, or with other cathedral church to which he may be translated, or without them or it or the said parish church, any two benefices with or without cure, secular or regular of any order, even if they be priorships, provostships or dignities etc., elective and with cure, provided that they be not conventual priorships, provostships or other dignities, or one of them be a claustral office, and to resign them, simply or for exchange, as often as he pleases.Personam tuam. (B. and A. de Piscia. | B. l. Coronensis.) [2 pp.]|
|13 Kal. Sept.
|To the deans of Clonfert and Killaloe (Laon[i]en.), and William Ocorcrayn, a canon of Clonfert. Mandate as below. Calixtus III (on being informed by Nicholas Offahy, clerk, of the diocese of Clonfert, that William Offahy, perpetual vicar of the parish church of St. Brandan, Kyllernymhyr alias Kynealethyn, in the said diocese, an open and notorious fornicator, had committed simony and perjury, to the shame of the priestly order) ordered the official of Clonfert, if and after Nicholas accused William before him, to summon William and others named, and if he found the foregoing to be true, to deprive and remove William, and in that event to collate and assign the said vicarage to Nicholas, the said pope further dispensing him by the same letters, notwithstanding his illegitimacy as the son of unmarried parents, to be promoted to all even holy orders and receive and retain the vicarage. The recent petition of Nicholas to the present pope contained that after Thomas, (fn. 3) official of Clonfert, proceeding to execution of the said letters, had deprived and removed William, and had made provision of the vicarage to Nicholas, the latter, in ignorance of the law, to the end that he might peaceably obtain possession of the vicarage, assigned to William, as the result of a bargain with him, a part of the fruits etc. of the vicarage, to the value of 4 marks sterling a year, thereby incurring simony and the sentences etc. promulgated against simoniacs; after which, under pretext of the collation and provision made to him by the said official, he took possession and detained it for more than a year without having himself ordained priest and without dispensation, and has further detained it for more than five years, but less than six years, after the lapse of the said year, as he still does, without canonical title. The vicarage being therefore still void as above, the pope hereby orders the above three to absolve Nicholas (who was dispensed by authority of the said letters on account of illegitimacy as above, after which he had himself promoted to the orders of subdeacon and deacon) from simony and the said sentences etc., enjoining penance, dispense him on account of any irregularity contracted etc., and rehabilitate him, and moreover, after so doing, to collate and assign to him the said vicarage, value not exceeding 10 marks sterling; notwithstanding that the present pope recently granted him provision of a canonry of Tuam and the prebend of Quilmin therein, value not exceeding 8 marks sterling. He is hereby dispensed to minister in the orders which he has received, and to receive and retain the vicarage, notwithstanding the said defect etc., but before they proceed to execute these presents he is to resign the vicarage. Solet sedis apostolice. (P. and M. Amici. | P.xxx. Kal. Septembris Anno Quinto. de Varris.) [5 pp. +.]|
|10 Kal. July.
St. Peter's, Rome.
|To Cornelius, a bishop in the universal church, sometime bishop of Clonfert. Reservation and assignment motu proprio to him, who has this day resigned to the pope the said church, of which, thus void, the pope has made provision to Matthew, elect of Clonfert, of a yearly pension for life of 40 gold florins of the camera on the fruits etc. of the episcopal mensa of the said church, to be paid by the said Matthew, who has consented, even after he has been consecrated, and by his successors, half on the Nativity of St. John Baptist, and half at Christmas; with penalties for delay in payment etc. Personam tuam. | Concurrent mandate to the bishop, the dean and the archdeacon of Killaloe (Laonien.). Hodie cum venerabilis frater Cornelius. (B. and P. de Godis. Ja. de Rizonibus. | B. xvi. xiii. [? recte xiiii]. Coronensis.) [3¾ pp. See above, f. 80d. and Reg. 585, ff. 52d. and 247.]|
|4 Non. Sept.
|To Bernard Oheadra, dean of Achonry (Akaden.). Dispensation to him (to whom the pope intends to make this day provision of the said church of Achonry, and who is illegitimate, being the son of a bishop and an unmarried woman (fn. 4) related in the third and fourth degrees of kindred and in the simple third and in the third and fourth degrees of affinity, which bishop was then bishop of Achonry) to be bishop of the said church and rule it etc. in spirituals and temporals, notwithstanding the said defect etc. Divina superveniens largitas. (B. and Ja. de Rizonibus. | B. lx.Coronensis.) [1 p.]|
|15 Kal. June.
St. Peter's, Rome.
|To Andrew Wischart, priest, of the diocese of St. Andrews. Rehabilitation, at his recent petition containing that on the voidance of the treasurership of Caithness, a non-major dignity with cure, by the resignation of William Tulach, [now] bishop of Orkney, then of lower rank, (fn. 5) made to William bishop of Caithness, and admitted by that bishop by his ordinary authority, the said bishop William made collation and provision of it by the same authority to the said Andrew, who had been previously dispensed by papal authority, on account of illegitimacy as the son of a priest and an unmarried woman, to be promoted to all even holy orders and hold a benefice even with cure, but had obtained no other dispensation in the matter, under pretext of which collation and provision he obtained possession and thenceforth detained it, as he still does. He is to resign it. Sedes apostolica, pia mater. (P. and M. Amici. | P.xvi. de Varris.) [1¼ pp.]|
|4 Non. June.
St. Peter's, Rome.
|To the abbot of St. Mary's, Clare (de Forgyo alias de Clar) in the diocese of Killaloe (Laonien.), and the dean and the chancellor of Killaloe. Mandate, at the recent petition of Odo [son] of James Maconmara, treasurer of Killaloe, containing that on the voidance of the rectory of the parish church of Bunrate called Tradey, (fn. 6) in the diocese of Killaloe, of the patronage of laymen, the late Donatus bishop of Killaloe, with consent of the patron and of the chapter of Killaloe, divided the fruits etc., by reason of their abundance, into two parts, and made a new creation therein of a rectory called Kylhanasulach (fn. 7) and, on account of the slenderness of the treasurership of Killaloe, which is held by the said Odo, who is of noble birth, united and appropriated thereto for Odo's life, with like consent of the patron and chapter, the said rectory thus [newly] created, together with a certain part of the said fruits; under pretext of which union and appropriation Odo obtained possession of the said newly created (fn. 8) rectory, and holds it at present. At the said petition of Odo, who alleges that the values of the said treasurership and newly created (fn. 8) rectory do not exceed 8 and 22 marks sterling respectively, the pope hereby orders the above three, if they find the facts to be as stated, to unite and appropriate the said newly created (fn. 9) rectory, which has cure of the souls of the parishioners, wont to be exercised by a perpetual vicar, to the said treasurership, in accordance with the tenour of the foregoing union etc.Iniunctum nobis. (P. and M. Amici. | P. xxiiii. de Varris.) [3 pp.]|
|9 Kal. July.
St. Peter's, Rome.
Decree, as below. The recent petition of Donatus archbishop of Tuam contained that the originals have been lost of the following, namely:—
the letters Ad fut. rei mem. Romanus pontifex of Nicholas V, dated at St. Peter's, Rome, in the year of the Incarnation, 1447[–8], 3 Id. Jan. (11 Jan.) anno 1. The said letters of Nicholas V, of which exemplification is given, relate that pope John XXII, inter alia, united to the metropolitan church of Tuam the neighbouring cathedral church of Annaghdown, its suffragan, so that, on the resignation or death of its bishop, the archbishop of Tuam might undertake its administration etc. and convert the fruits etc. of its episcopal mensa to his uses and those of the said church of Annaghdown, in such wise, however, that the said church of Annaghdown should remain a cathedral church and the episcopal see remain therein, as is more fully contained in the letters of his said predecessor, pope John. The same letters of pope Nicholas add that the recent petition of John archbishop of Tuam contained that although the said union took effect, and that from time immemorial the archbishop for the time being has, in virtue of the said letters and union, taken possession of the administration etc. of the church of Annaghdown, and has ruled it etc., as does the said archbishop John, nevertheless he (who alleges that the fruits etc. of the episcopal mensa of Annaghdown and of the archiepiscopal mensa of Tuam do not exceed a yearly value of 50 and 60 marks sterling respectively) desires the said letters and union, and their consequences, to be further strengthened by papal authority. Pope Nicholas therefore approves and confirms by papal authority the said letters and union, and their consequences, as far as regards the said church of Annaghdown, decrees that they hold good in perpetuity, and exemplifies the said letters of pope John, as follows:—
Ad fut. rei mem. Romana ecclesia, dated at Avignon 2 Kal. Aug. anno 2 (fn. 10) (31 July, 1318). The said pope John therein sets forth that Edward king of England and lord of Ireland, considering the poverty of the churches in Ireland, especially cathedral and even metropolitan churches, and the evil results thereof (of which examples are given), and the advantages (of which examples are similarly given) of uniting two or more of the smaller of such churches under a single bishop, has petitioned the pope to unite to the archiepiscopal church of Tuam, of which, although of metropolitical dignity, the revenues etc. are very slight, so that the archbishop cannot therewith be properly maintained, the neighbouring cathedral church of Annaghdown and the cathedral churches of Achonry and Kilmacduagh, suffragan churches of Tuam, the revenues etc. of which churches are so slight that the bishops thereof cannot be properly maintained therewith; and unites, at the said petition, the said churches of Annaghdown, Achonry and Kilmacduagh to that of Tuam, so that on the resignation or death of any one of the bishops of those churches the said archbishop shall undertake the administration etc. of the church thus void, and convert the fruits etc. of its episcopal mensa to his uses and those of the same [united] church, in such wise, however, that such church shall remain cathedral and the episcopal see remain therein, etc., and that the status of the several chapters shall not be diminished, but that even when the archiepiscopal see is void, the canons of the said united churches, both resident and absent, if they be in places from which they ought to be summoned by law or custom, shall be convoked by the chapter of Tuam to take part in the election of the future archbishop, etc. [The foregoing bull of John XXJI is printed in Theiner, Vet. Mon. Hib. et Scot. Hist. Illustr., p. 239, No.cccclxxi, from ‘Reg. An. xi. com. par. 3. fol. 405,’ i.e. Reg. Vat. LXXXIV, f. 405d., as in Cal. Papal Letters, vol. II, p. 263.]
Pope Pius hereby decrees that the present exemplification of the said letters of pope Nicholas shall have the same force as the originals, for all purposes and in all respects.Ad fut. rei mem. Provisionis nostre. (B. and G. Gonne. | B. xxx. Coronensis.) [4⅓ pp. For the foregoing bull of Nicholas V see Cal. Papal Letters, vol. X, p. 337.]